What are Dryer Balls?
Dryer balls replace your conventional dryer sheet! They're made from 100% wool and contain no harsh chemicals. You simply pop them in your dryer and leave them there. Reuse them every time you run the dryer. If you would like your dryer balls scented Jennifer is happy to add a few drops of eitehr lemon or lavender essential oil to them. Dryer balls come in packs of four. (Four is the minimum number you should use for a load.)
- They are an Eco-friendly alternative to the conventional dryer sheet.
- They do more than a dryer sheet by pulling the moisture out of your clothes so you don’t have to run your dryer as long, saving you time and money.
- They reduce static just like dryer sheets do.
- They soften your clothes like liquid fabric softener when they’re bouncing around your dryer, but unlike fabric softener they don’t have harsh chemicals.
Static Issues and How to Deal with them:
You will have some static it's just the nature of drying clothes. Don't over dry the clothes--that's a big culprit of static. New dryers will shut off once they know the clothes are dry if you have an older dryer try setting the setting lower/shorter dry time and decrease until you find the magic number. Also, I recommend using white vinegar as a softener (you can put it in your wash just add it to the liquid softener section on your washing machine). It's a natural softener and also helps reduce static. Finally try a "vinegar sheet" in your dryer too! What's that? Simply pray a clean washcloth, sock, pre-cut scrap of cloth with vinegar. Toss it into the dryer eith everything else. The vingear will help reduce static.
Remember synthetic fabrics like nylon and polyester are also culprits of static. It's hard to avoid it with those, you can dry those separate or hang dry them if you really have static problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q - First off, what's so horrible about conventional dryer sheets?
A - Conventional dryer sheets can contain some really nasty chemicals such as: A-Terpineol - Associated with central nervous system disorders Benzyl Acetate – A carcinogen linked to pancreatic cancer Benzyl Alcohol - An upper respiratory tract irritant Camphor – It’s listed on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list Ethyl Acetate – Another culprit on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste list and an irritant to the eyes and respiratory tract
Considering your skin is the largest organ in your body -through which your body absorbs everything that you put on it (including lotions, makeup and perfume) you're going to want to stay away from as many nasty chemicals as possible!
Q - How long will your scents last if I choose to have them scented? How can I re-scent them? Do you sell your scents?
A - It depends on how much laundry you do. Most will last a little over a month before it’s hard to smell them anymore. All you have to do to re-scent them is to put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on each dryer ball and let them dry about ten minutes and you’re good to go again
Q - What kind of wool do you use? Is it wool yarn, roving wool?
A - I use 100% roving wool.
Q - How big are these dryer balls?
A - Though they are individually made by hand they range between 2 to 2 1/2 inches in diameter - approximately the size of a tennis ball.
Q - How many dryer balls do I REALLY need to use?
A - It really depends on what kind of load you've got. If you've got a small load of dedicates then 2 to 4 will be more than enough. However, if you've got a huge load of nothing’ but fluffy wet towels and jeans then the more the better! I usually put in 10 to 12 in my really large, heavy loads. A good rule of thumb is, the more you use, the more it’s going to save you.
Q - How much are these dryer balls REALLY going to save me?
A - Again, it really depends on how many you use but starting with a set of 4 is a good place to start and they will save you between 40% in a small load to 25% in a large load. And it only increases with the more dryer balls you use!
Note: Color Options can vary from batch to batch in hue/lightness/darkness. If you ordered a pair a year ago colors could be different from a pair ordered today.